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Nightshade (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Paperback – 1 Nov 1992

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (1 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852864265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852864262
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Stern has written and collaborated on previous works of Star Trek fiction, as well as the "New York Times" bestselling biography "Crosley". He lives in Massachusetts with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Do not pick up this book thinking Anita Blake Vampire hunter. That's not what this book is about. I didn't know Laurel had ever written a Star Trek novel but since I'd been missing my sci-fi lately thought a Star Trek book would be a fun read. I wasn't wrong. It fuses Laurell K Hamilton's great writing style with a Star Trek plot and great characters.

What you get is a very well written Star Trek novel that I would be happy to call canon. She has the Lieutenant Worf and Deanna Troi characters down perfectly, you can almost hear their voices speaking through the book to you via Deanna's empathy and Worfs anger and frustration.

The local alien species have had some interesting ways of using their planet. It is barren and the atmosphere is toxic. The planet has degenerated into Civil War and it is up to Captain Picard to negotiate a truce and peace. Neither side trust each other and they don't trust the Enterprise crew either. All this goes to hell in a handbasket when Captain Picard is accused of Murder and it is left to Worf to negotiate.

The Enterprise is off elsewhere and Worf and Deanna must earn the trust of at least one of the warring sides to make a deal and find out just what is going on and what the two sides are hiding.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but definitely disappointing. 13 May 2004
By James Yanni - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If the reader is not familiar with Ms. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series, and goes into this book expecting simply another Star Trek book by a random author, he or she will doubtless be at least mostly satisfied. The plot is above average for the genre, and if it does have a fairly common theme for Star Trek (and particularly Next Generation) novels (inhabitants of unenlightened planet are in danger of destroying their planet's ecosystem) it is a storyline that is handled fairly well here; the plot moves, and the characters seem recognizable. The writing is a bit sloppy, with a few too many commas where there should be either semicolons or periods, but not to a truly distracting extent, and the occasional misuse of a word ("breath" used as a verb, instead of "breathe", as in "give me room to breath"; "suppose" used instead of "supposed" as in "what were the powers suppose to be able to do?"; "use" instead of "used" as in "It's what our world use to be") is annoying, but again, not so frequent as to be a really terrible problem.
The real problem is that, if the reader is familiar with Ms. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series, he or she comes to this book expecting something truly exceptional, and that isn't at all what he or she gets. This book was published only a year before "Guilty Pleasures", the first in the "Anita" series, but the quality here is decades behind the quality in that book. Some of the problem, admittedly, is that we are working with established characters here, none of which is Anita Blake, and much of the delight to be found in that series comes from the portrayal of that very delightful character. Perhaps Ms. Hamilton would do better if she wrote a novel set in the period before Tasha Yar died, and wrote from Lt. Yar's perspective, as she does from Anita's. The characters are similar enough that she might truly be able to bring Tasha to life. But in this story, none of the characters, established or new, has a tenth of the spark that one finds in Anita Blake. It's unsettling to think that someone who could create such a dynamic character is a one-trick pony. Hopefully, she's grown as a writer in the last 12 years.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what you might expect 27 April 2008
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I saw the title NIGHTSHADE and noted the author, Laurell K. Hamiliton, I thought "vampires on the Enterprise?" Sigh it was not to be, instead the Enterprise was on a diplomatic mission to a war torn world. The Away team of Picard, Troi and Worf had just begun meetings with the various factions when the Enterprise is called away on a rescue mission. Picard decides that the team will remain on the planet and directs the Enterprise to leave without them. Immediately after the Enterprise leaves there is one of the negotiators is poisoned, Picard is arrested as a suspect and appoints Worf to take his place. Worf, who feels out of his depth as a diplomat, finds that Troi is under some sort of psychic attack and that the local interrogation method involves torture and usually ends with an execution.

This is an odd novel, it seemed as though Hamilton wanted to write a Worf/Troi story and could not think of a good way to get rid of the rest of the crew. Picard was stuck in a cell and mostly ignored, the 'B' story line was rather limited to Geordi and Dr Crusher while the rest of the Enterprise was similarly treated. The basic premise of the ongoing war destroying the planet, society and people, was original and handled well. Hamilton's solution was intriguing, if not exactly a surprise.

Pick up this one and curl up for a few hours on a rainy weekend if you are a Troi/Worf fan but otherwise give this one a miss.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worf becomes an ambassador for the first time 14 July 2003
By Rachel E. Watkins - Published on
Format: Paperback
Captain Picard, Dianna Troi, and Lutenant Worf are on a mission to Oriana to negotiate a peace treaty between waring factions on the planet, who are finally becoming convinced that if they don't find peace soon, they will all be doomed to die along with thier ravaged planet.
Soon after the away team beams down, the Enterprise recives a distress call and leaves the team on the planet while Riker leads the Enterprise on a rescue mission.
Now alone, things soon take a bad turn as the Peace delegation discovers the terrible things which war has done to the planet, and to the people through the long two hundred year war. Picard is arrested when someone is killed by poision in the first peace talk gathering. Worf and Troi must now invistigate the murder to clear thier Captain's name or he will be executed in three days time.
This was a good book, a quick, enjoyable read. This is Worf's first need to be a diplomat, and at the point it was written in the series this was a nearly absurd thought, most espically to Worf. However, you may also be interrested in a book "Diplomatic Implausibility" which is in the timeframe after Worf has served on DS9 and has actually become an ambassador.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STNG #24 Nightshade - A very good early STNG novel! 21 Sept. 2003
By K. Wyatt - Published on
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"Nightshade" is one of the better early Star Trek The Next Generation novels! It is too bad that this author hasn't revisited the Star Trek genre since writing this particular novel. I found her writing to be quite fluid and with a great sense of style in her plot setup and execution. One of the more interesting aspects of this early STNG novel is the fact that she explored the personal dynamics between Worf and Troi, long before the actual series did.
The cover art for this particular novel is pretty much the standard fare for the earlier STNG novels in which a picture of the two primary characters for the novel are plastered on the cover.
The premise:
The planet Oriana has suffered through two hundred years of civil war and is now dying because of it. Finally realizing what they have wrought for themselves, the two warring factions seek peace at the negotiation tables and the Federation is asked to mediate. In comes Captain Picard and the Enterprise. Captain Picard, Lieutenant Worf and Counselor Troi beam down to the planet to begin the negotiations.
Just as Captain Picard and his team begin negotiations the Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. Now alone on the planet, Captain Picard and his team must continue their negotiations for peace between the two warring factions but he is then accused of murder and Lieutenant Worf must continue the negotiations.
Worf and Troi now have to find a way of stopping the violence between the two warring factions to include those who do not wish for the negotiations to succeed and find a way of vindicating Captain Picard.
What follows from there is, as stated above, one of the better early STNG novels that I'd highly recommend adding to your Star Trek library. It would be nice to see this author make a revisit to this genre. {ssintrepid}
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laurell does well 26 April 2008
By anastaciast - Published on
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I read all of LKH's books, and like many other fans, am tiring of the constant sex. I have been a Star Trek fan since nursery school, and so I thought I'd give this book a try since it combines two of my favorite things. I have to say, Laurell did a great job with this book. It keeps to the Star Trek TNG characters and gives insight into how Deanna and Worf think. Sure, since this is Laurell's book, there is torture involved, but NO SEX! It is a nice breather from the Anita books. I recommend this to Star Trek TNG fans as well as Laurell fans.
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